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I have a 400mm x 400mm car radiator.

I would like to use only one 200mm fan for it , cooling only one CPU.

Will it be enough ,for,like, FX8350 ?
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post #2 of 30
If it is aluminum you will have to use some hefty anticorrosive mixtures or premixtures. or use all aluminum blocks and fittings.

it can be done though as long as you can get your choice tubing interfaced with it.

It will be more than enough,

We have a 20'x6' copper radiator at work I would like to re-purpose....
post #3 of 30
Sure it will be enough. Pumping through it will require a pretty good pump, and also what is it made of? Most are aluminum, which is a no no for mixing with copper.
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Yes.
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post #5 of 30

It will cool more than what most have, what pump are you using?

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Cavey00, Jolly Roger : I dont have a pump yet. What specs must it have at least?

Xinoxide: Will 50 ml antifreeze be enough?

Cavey00: Yes its aluminium
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post #7 of 30
I was thinking of going to Home Depot or Lowe's, getting one of those fish pond pumps, and see if I can come up with a way to make a loop smile.gif

Other than the noise, why wouldn't it work?
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I would search around in this thread http://www.overclock.net/f/134/cooling-experiments

I've seen it done before and there will be a lot more knowledge on it in there.
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post #9 of 30
Since 99% of water cooling has come from car / motorbike rads with a coolant you should be fine. Just now a days water cooling for PCs has got better smile.gif and more personalised.
post #10 of 30
LOL 400mm x 400mm radspace is WAY more than enough for a single CPU. The problem you will run into is corrosion, aluminum doesn't like to play nice with copper. I'd recommend Mayhems XT-1, and would advise against using vehicle coolant in a PC loop.

With just one CPU block you should actually probably be able to squeak away with just a PC cooling pump, something like the MCP35x would be ideal. Car rads are just a long metal tube rewound on itself while computer cooling rads are a bunch of copper tubes that use chambers to route the tubing in a single U pattern. For this reason your rad will be a LOT more restrictive than most PC liquid cooling rads. If noise isn't an issue you could also try the PMP500.
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